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Feast your eyes on this

Signs are bright for a dazzler of a festival on Hope Street this Sunday

Published on January 14th 2010.

Feast your eyes on this

THE sun always seems to shine on the Hope Street Feast. Last year it was a little glimmer in a month of gloomy Sundays.

There were bands, street theatres, wacky this and that, and salsa dancing in the streets, but, best of all, lots and lots of lovely food and drink. It was everywhere. In restaurants, cafes and bars and on market stalls right along the entire length of street. It was some show, and 18,000 of you turned out for it.

Good news: It's happening again. Bigger. Better. This very Sunday in fact.

Oh, and it's going to be blessed with gorgeous sunshine. How come? Well, you didn't think that being the world's only street with a cathedral at either end counted for nothing, did you?

Many of Liverpool's best restaurants and pubs are dotted along Hope Street:The London Carriage Works, The Side Door, Everyman Bistro, 60 Hope Street, The Philharmonic pub. Not forgetting the Philharmonic Hall whose Simon Glinn is coordinating the Feast. It is designed to celebrate the start of the theatre and concert season and academic year, all big hitters up that end of town, plus the CAMRA Real Ale Pubs Festival, and the finale of the Food and Drink Festival.

With double the number of stalls this year, there are more hot and gourmet foods, fine regional farm produce and local crafts than ever before, says he.

Spanish paella, German bratwurst, Liverpool beer, French crepes and the world’s only vegetarian black pudding stall are among many treats. To top it all off there organic ices and chocolate from Feast sponsor Green & Black’s.

You can see the Russian god of music, Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conductor, put the RLPO Choir through its vocal paces ahead of next week's Verdi's Requiem, and the orchestra's brass section will be performing in steamy bierkeller oompah style outside the Everyman Bistro.

Meanwhile, there's an afternoon “Market Of Optimism”, where people will be handed 100 “Neuros” to spend at 20 market stalls on inspirational products that are, it says here, "the answer to a wish and the embodiment of hope", accompanied by street musicians, roof top hawkers, flapping carpets, singers and vendors of every description.

Events begin with the morning services in the cathedrals, the market, and with kids films in the Phil from 10am. It runs throughout the day until 5.30pm.

For what's happening and when, see this: http://www.hopestreetfestival.com

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